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San Francisco 49ers’ Mike Singletary and the Legacy of NFL Players Turned Coaches

Published by on April 23, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

The term "interim head coach" never applied. Interim coaches don't bench first-round draft picks. They aren't established enough to deliver postgame rants. And there's certainly no precedent for dropping trou'. But Mike Singletary chose, or perhaps had no choice but to coach the way he played--menacing, dominant, commanding respect. So far, so good. After taking over for Mike Nolan mid-season, Singletary doused the 49ers grease fire and led San Francisco to a 5-4 finish in 2008, including four wins in the final five weeks. Consequently, the franchise removed the interim tag, and Singletary will embark on his first full season in 2009. In the following slides, we will explore the history of professional players who have become modern ...

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